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Green Bay at New England

Favre throws three TDs as Packers manhandle Pats

SportsLine.com wire reports
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FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England fans booed every time ex-Patriot Terry Glenn touched the ball. Then they turned on their own players.

Brett Favre finds Ahman Green for an 8-yard TD pass.  
Brett Favre finds Ahman Green for an 8-yard TD pass. (AP) 
The Super Bowl champs heard plenty of jeers Sunday as Brett Favre threw for three touchdowns to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 28-10 win and hand the Patriots their third straight loss.

Teammates told Glenn that the fans "are booing you, but maybe they're booing them. They're not playing so well," he said. The wide receiver was traded to the Packers in the offseason after a turbulent season with the Patriots.

Tom Brady, in his second season as a starter, threw three interceptions, was sacked twice and threw a touchdown after the Packers led 28-3.

"It's embarrassing. It's frustrating and disappointing. It's something I haven't felt in a long time," said Brady, last season's Super Bowl MVP.

He was 17-3 as a starter before the last three games. Favre's experience came through Sunday as he reached 301 touchdown passes for his career, moving past John Elway. Favre trails only Dan Marino's 420 and Fran Tarkenton's 342.

"It means I'm playing and producing, and we're winning. That's about it," said Favre, who made his 163rd straight start -- an NFL record for quarterbacks. "What matters is winning."

The Packers (5-1) won for the fourth straight time as Ahman Green scored his first two touchdowns of the season and ran for 136 yards.

Despite playing without starting defensive ends Joe Johnson and Vonnie Holiday and four sidelined defensive backs, the Packers had no trouble stopping the Patriots (3-3).

"We were able to get a great four-man rush with our guys and disrupt his (Brady's) rhythm," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "We've handled adversity the entire season. We've been losing players left and right."

Even the return of top receiver Troy Brown, who missed the Patriots' last two games with a knee injury, wasn't enough.

Glenn also came back after a season of fines and suspensions with New England. He had three catches for 19 yards, and the crowd let him have it every time he caught the ball.

"I anticipated it," he said. "This game was on my mind for a long time."

Afterward, as he sat in the team bus holding his cell phone, Glenn smiled at a fan on the other side of the window who shouted, "Hey, Terry, you're a quittah."

And a winnah.

"We let them walk in here and beat us in our own house," New England defensive tackle Steve Martin said. "We probably made every mistake you could make."

The Patriots turned over the ball four times, lost three of four replay reviews and committed critical penalties that led to two touchdowns.

"We just need to start all over. There's not much to work from," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

New England led 3-0 on Adam Vinatieri's 32-yard field goal in the second quarter, but the Patriots didn't score again until Brady's 4-yard pass to David Givens made it 28-10 with 5:57 left.

Favre's touchdown passes of 3 yards to William Henderson and 8 yards to Green made it 14-3 at halftime.

With 12:09 left in the game, Green ran for a 1-yard touchdown. He also became the fourth player in as many weeks to rush for more than 100 yards against the Patriots, following Priest Holmes, LaDainian Tomlinson and Ricky Williams.

Brady's first interception, by Bryant Westbrook, ended the opening possession of the game at the Packers 43.

Late in the second quarter, Kevin Faulk dropped Brady's backward pass and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila recovered on the Patriots 8. On the next play, Favre threw to Green for a 14-3 lead.

"It was a bonehead play by me," said Faulk, who didn't go after the loose ball.

On the next series, Brady threw an interception to Matt Bowen, prompting a chorus of boos from rain-drenched fans.

Notes

  • Patriots offensive tackle Chad Clifton left the game with a possible injury to a ligament in his right knee, Sherman said.
  • New England's Antowain Smith rushed for 75 yards after gaining just 14 a week earlier in a 26-13 loss to Miami.
  • The Packers are 8-1 in their last nine regular-season games.
  • Brady is 9-2 at home.


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Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
None
2ND QUARTER
FGAdam Vinatieri 32 Yd, 9:36. Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards in 3:58.
TDWilliam Henderson, 3 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 3:46. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards in 5:50.
TDAhman Green, 8 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 3:03. Drive: 1 play, 8 yards in 0:05.
3RD QUARTER
TDBubba Franks, 2 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 3:50. Drive: 7 plays, 94 yards in 4:05.
4TH QUARTER
TDAhman Green, 1 Yd run (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 12:09. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards in 4:16.
TDDavid Givens, 4 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Adam Vinatieri kick is good), 5:57. Drive: 6 plays, 44 yards in 2:03.
Green Bay
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
B. Favre17/2714730
RushingATTYDSTDLG
A. Green31136138
T. Fisher31207
D. Driver1505
B. Favre1505
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
B. Franks546116
D. Driver343029
A. Green32118
T. Glenn319011
J. Walker110010
W. Henderson2815
New England
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
T. Brady24/4418313
RushingATTYDSTDLG
A. Smith1375013
T. Brady526012
K. Faulk32009
M. Edwards1202
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
D. Branch538018
T. Brown537013
C. Fauria325010
D. Givens322110
D. Patten218013
D. Hayes21609
A. Smith214014
K. Faulk1909
M. Edwards1404
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